What to Pack For A Destination Wedding
Has anyone been to a destination wedding lately? They can be so beautiful. There’s nothing quite like the view of looking across the ocean at sunset, or the bride and groom sharing their first kiss as a married couple on the top of a cliff in Barbados. Not only do you get to spend a little vacation time in a magical place watching two of your loved ones tie the knot, but you also get to unwind and have a good time yourself in what could possibly be a new place.
Destination weddings are great, however they can offer their share of stress and inconveniences. How to find someone to do your hair and makeup, how to find caterers, and what venues are the best to go with may be at the forefront of your mind. But, another thing that you may not think about is how to pack for a destination wedding. Although this seems trivial, it is very important that you do this correctly.
While packing, think of all of the events you are going to be attending below and all of the things you are going to be doing. Some of them are very easy to overlook, and all too often I have seen people make mistakes on what was needed at the wedding:
1. The Big Day- Obviously, you need your proper outfit for the day of the wedding. I think that this goes without saying, but I can’t leave it out. You can forget everything else, but do not forget your matching bowtie to the rest of the groomsmen or your bridesmaid dress. This would be a complete and utter disaster, but I have unfortunately seen it happen.
2. The Gift- This one happens all the time. Do I have my tooth brush? Do I have my belt that matches my shoes for the wedding ceremony? If you’ve answered yes to both of those questions, you think you’re good to go. But, the moment the wheels touch the ground in Maui you realize you forgot the gift for the bride and groom. Ahhhhhhhhh, if only you had some sort of checklist before leavingJ
3. Climate-Appropriate Clothing- Headed to Southern California or the Caribbean for a wedding? It’s best you pack shorts, festive summer shorts, and some sunscreen for your trip. This may not be the case if the two love birds are getting married in the Rocky Mountains in January. Then you may want a hat, some gloves, and large, winter parka. The point is, make sure that you are equipped with the type of clothing that is going to match the weather you are going to be in.
4. Travel Outfits- You know what would look really funny? A sunburnt bridesmaid flying from Jamaica to Ohio in a smelly, wrinkled bridesmaid’s dress! Make sure that you take your travel days into consideration and don’t only pack for the big day. Not bringing travel clothes could result in some serious discomfort and embarrassment.
It goes without saying, pack all of your toiletries and necessary medicines. Smelly breath and allergic reactions are no longer cool at weddings, in case you missed the memo. My recommendation is to make a checklist before leaving for the wedding.
I’ve been to a lot of different weddings, and I have definitely been the one to forget things. I have forgotten clothing, toiletries, and even photography equipment. Oh yeah that reminds me… If you have a specific job at the wedding, remember the equipment that is necessary to fulfill your dutiesJNeedless to say, a checklist will help to remind you of even the most obvious things that you may have forgotten, and will ensure that you have a wonderful time at your destination wedding!
Until next time,